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Revived ASUS AIO ET2220INTI-I5 – Flickering Screens (Overheating)

Back in June 2013, I did an un-boxing review on the ASUS AIO ET2220. 4 years have since passed, and now it is starting to give a little problem – flickering greenish screens! Based on my test so far, the greenish screen only appeared after some time of usage (like 30 mins or so). And then the screen will then start to flicker until the screen finally turns itself off while the system is still running. And if you were to shut it down and power it up after 15 minutes, the system will be fine again. I then began performing some diagnostics using HWMonitor and found out that the temperature of the onboard graphics Nvidia GT610 had hit a high of 75°C. This is definitely not the norm as it should idle around 50°C and increase to approximately 65°C during load.

So what is the problem? It is likely to be associated either to the cooling system (i.e: heatsink and fan) or the thermal paste losing its effect. I decided to open up the chassis to take a look.

First, you have to remove the 5 rubber seals at the edges, and then remove the screws beneath it. And then remove the plastic cover for the stand and loosen the 4 screws.

          

The next step is to remove the back cover that are secured by the plastic clips. Please do this with care or you might risk breaking the clips as they are very soft. After releasing the back cover from the plastic clips, DO NOT pull the cover out as it it connected to the side ports via a ribbon.

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SIC: Pre-Upgrading Petrol Voucher available at ESSO Tampines Ave 7

The ESSO petrol station located at 9 Tampines Ave 7 will operate until 23 May 17 before it closes for a 2-month upgrading. As such, the station is currently giving out Synergy™ fuel vouchers to thank its loyal customers for the inconvenience. There are 2 types of vouchers being given in a booklet for each month until Aug 2017:

  1. 4 x $5 off Synergy petrol and diesel with every $50 fuel purchase,
  2. 2 x $8 off Synergy Supreme+ petrol only.

Do take note that the fuels vouchers can only be used at the selected petrol stations from 23 May 17 to 31 July 17 listed below:

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SIC: Pre-Upgrading Petrol Voucher available at ESSO Sengkang

As ESSO Sengkang (211 Punggol Road) will be undergoing an upgrading from 14 Mar 17 to 11 May 17, they are currently giving out petrol vouchers to patrons. While ESSO does not have any obligations to do that, they are doing it out of goodwill as they felt that inconvenience might be brought upon their customers. This is definitely a good gesture!

With the rising petrol prices, this does come as a good news to most people. However, do note that the vouchers can only be used at selected ESSO petrol kiosks listed below:

Petrol Kiosks

1) 299 Yio Chu Kang Road, 2) 1027 Upper Serangoon Road, 3) 866 Upper Serangoon Road, 4) 3551 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, 5) 2225 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, 6) 399 Toa Payoh Lorong 2, 7) 61 Pasir Ris Drive 2, 8) 9 Tampines Avenue 7, 9) 40 Tampines Avenue 9, 10) 10 Yishun Ave 9.

Hence, if you live near the above listed 10 ESSO petrol kiosk, you may wish to drop by ESSO Sengkang to pick up the vouchers. There are 4 x $5 off Synergy petrol & diesel for every $50 purchase and 2 x $8 off Synergy Supreme+ petrol for every $60 purchase monthly, valid from 14 Mar 17 to 31 May 17.

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SIC: Caltex Petrol Vouchers Giveaway – Closed

I will be giving away 2 sets of Caltex petrol vouchers worth S$24 each. The vouchers are complimentary from HSBC. Hence, you must make the payment using a valid HSBC credit cards. You may be saving up to 28.1% on your petrol purchase.

In each set of the vouchers, there will be 4 x $6 discount with a minimum gross petrol spend of S$60 on top of the 14%/16% instant petrol discount that you will enjoy. In addition, you can enjoy up to 5% additional rebate on selected HSBC credit cards if you meet the minimum spending requirements. The vouchers are valid from 15 January to 28 February 2017.

HSBC Credit Card Previleges (Gross Spending of S$60) Savings
S$6 off Caltex petrol voucher S$6
16% instant petrol on Platinum 98 with Techron® petrol (14% for Regular 92 with Techron® and Premium 95 with Techron®) S$8.64
5% HSBC quaterly cash reabte S$2.27
Total Savings S$16.91 (28.1%)

Caltex Vouchers

Interested parties, kindly drop me an email (colin@cozylittlehaven.net) with the subject header “[SIC] Caltex Petrol Vouchers Giveaway”. Winners will be notified by email.

Wish everyone a happy and prosperous lunar new year!

Update on 21-Jan-17 1020hr: 2 winners have been picked and notified. Thank you everyone for your participation.

Review: The Ballet and Music Company (Eastpoint)

We first noticed Ashley’s love for music and dance when she attended weekend classes at LeapSchoolHouse. Not a big advocate of stressing the little one with education at a young age, we enrolled her for weekend classes with LeapSchoolHouse which conducts one hour class comprising of gym, story telling, singing and dancing when she turned 1 year.

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Seeing her sing and dance every time the music starts playing is nothing but pure enjoyment (I guess all parents are alike when they see their little ones enjoy what they do). Hence, we wasted no time in enrollig her with The Ballet and Music Company once she turned 2 and a half years old (Note: different schools have different age restrictions with some starting at 2.5 years old and some at 3 years of age).

Some points for consideration prior to enrolling your little one for weekend classes:

1. Time of class (Ashley attended the trial class at the Tampines One outlet which starts at 9am which was way too early for her and not surprisingly, she was clingy during the trial class).

2. Location of the school (Plan ahead as if this is her school for years to come. If the school is too far, parents and kid will have to spend more time traveling than the actual class itself).

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